Power Restored to 95% of Those Impacted

By Patrick Stella

This is a News Release.

ALBANY, NY – Power has been restored to 95 percent of the 35,000 eastern New York customers who lost power due to yesterday’s wind storm. About 650 employees are working on restoration efforts.

Yesterday’s wind gusts (some in excess of 60 miles an hour) caused damage across the region. Power is expected to be restored to the remaining customers by the end of today. Some individual services in the hardest hit places, primarily in the Saratoga and Gloversville regions, will be restored tomorrow morning.

In addition to a large number of down trees, more than 40 utility poles were broken due to storm damage including several transmission, or larger capacity power lines.

“Our crews have made great progress over the past 24 hours,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid’s New York vice president. “However, our work is not complete until every customer has power restored.”

Additional Electric Safety Reminders

  • Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electricity wires.
  • Immediately report them to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222.
  • Generators used to supply power during an outage must be operated outdoors. Before operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel box. Failure to do this could jeopardize crew safety.
  • Customers who depend on electricity-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should register as a life support customer with National Grid by calling the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-642-4272.

For more information, visit the Outage Central section at www.nationalgridus.comClick here for a video on how National Grid restores power after a major storm.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization.)

For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com, or our Connecting website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on You Tube, Friend us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.

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